Costa Tropical

Granada’s coastal area has dozens of beaches and small coves with crystal-clear water, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 20 degrees. These are the basic facts that sum up the 73 kilometres of tropical coastline in the province of Granada, which gets its name from the exceptionally good weather it enjoys all year round. Two centuries ago, this was the only place in Europe where subtropical fruits such as mangos, cherimoyas, avocados and papayas could be grown. These are fruits that evoke exotic flavours and places but, in fact, they are grown in Europe, in one of the most privileged corners of Andalucía.

Nineteen towns make up the “European Tropics”. Almuñécar, founded by the Phoenicians in 1000BC and given the name Sexi, is a place full of history that still has the remains of a Roman salted-fish factory and a fantastic jazz festival in the summer.

Motril is the town with the highest population in the province of Granada, after Granada itself. Its most impressive monuments include the Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación church and the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, built on the site of the palace of Queen Aixa, mother of last king of the Nasrid dynasty, Boabdil.

Salobreña looks like a huge mountain made of sugar lumps. Its little square white houses are dotted around the hill topped with a monumental Arab castle, overlooking the sea. From the top of the hill you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada, the Mediterranean Sea and the plains below.

Near the beaches there are a number of small and quiet coves such as Albuñol, Castell de Ferro-Gualchos and La Mamola-Polopos. Nearby you will find the towns of Albondón, Ítrabo, Jete, Lentejí, Los Guájares, Lújar, Molvízar, Murtas, Otívar, Rubite, Sorvilán, Turón and Vélez de Benaudalla, each one located in a beautiful natural setting.

Apart from beaches and culture, you can enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities in Granada’s Costa Tropical. These include golf, paragliding, trekking in the inland villages and scuba diving in the depths of Cerro Gordo. And in Marina del Este (Almuñécar) and the Club Náutico in Motril you can take part in all kinds of nautical sports.

The local food in the area is delicious; here you can enjoy all kinds of tropical fruits in salads or desserts, many different types of seafood such as muttonfish, bream and shrimp. Why not also try a drop of two of our locally crafted rums in your coffee to finish your meal?


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Casa de La Palma


This house was built on the site of a sugar mill, which belonged to a Moor, but was confiscated by the Crown. Later the house was leased to Lucas Palma, a merchant from Genoa, after the uprising of 1569. From [...]

Castillo de Baños fortress


This defensive fort was built in the 16th century, during the reign of Philip II. It has two bastions. It was rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century, due to its strategic and defensive importance. The fortress has [...]

Castillo de Salobreña


The existence of a fortress in Salobreña was first recorded as early as the 10th century. Although the existing building’s layout points to a construction in the Nasrid period, its architecture is both Muslim and Christian. It has three courtyards. [...]

Castillo de San Miguel


Only a few watchtowers by the sea and some walls of houses in the old city centre still remain of the Castillo de San Miguel. Some archways, rain tanks and a couple of other constructions are also still standing. This [...]

Cautor Tower

La Mamola/Monuments

This tower is 23.5 metres tall. It was partially rebuilt in the 16th century, but was abandoned in the 19th century. It has a round base and a conical shape. Archaeologists believe that it could date back to as far [...]

Cueva de los Siete Palacios


This is a domed complex that is part of the buildings surrounding the hill of San Miguel. It is one of the most important Roman urban remains in Spain and is now the site of the MunicipalArchaeologicalMuseum. In the 3rd [...]

Ermita de la Virgen de Bodíjar


This chapel is dedicated to the Virgin of Bodíjar, the patron saint of the most important holiday of the area. The festival begins on 1st January with music, and over the following two days a number of events are organised. [...]

Ermita de la Virgen de la Salud


The people of Ítrabo are devoted to their patron saint, the Virgen de la Salud, and in this little chapel they are able to worship her. The chapel is located in a place called La Era. Legend has it that [...]


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